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National Novel Writing Month

Wednesday night I hardly slept. All night I was writing the story in my head and just couldn't wait until morning came. I finally fell asleep and woke up around 7:15, lay there a few minutes and climbed out of bed about 7:30. Got dressed and went into the kitchen to make breakfast. James heard me clinking about and got up. "What are you doing up, its not 8:00 yet" he asks. I have the kid well trained not to come into my room before 8:00 a.m. in the morning, so he doesn't expect me to be up before then. I told him (again) about nanowri and that would be working on the story in the mornings and I planned on getting up earlier to do that. We had breakfast, got him settled with a movie in the living room and started typing. Because I had already thought out much of what I wanted to say, didn't need to write it down. I found the story flowing and inventing itself as I typed. I managed to complete 2000 words before Father got up for the day. It was my day to work and knew wouldn't have the opportunity to work on the story at the shop. It was very hectic yesterday at the shop with a million phone calls and customers picking up their units.

This morning, I was awake and ready to get up at 7:00 a.m. Hmmm! Hopefully James will still be fast asleep and I will have a few peaceful minutes to myself in which to write. I grabbed Luna, got dressed and went out to the kitchen. While fixing breakfast, Father suddenly appears. He NEVER gets up before 9:30. "What are you doing up?" I ask.

"I woke up and you weren't there" he says and gives me a hopeful smile. I tell him for the umpteenth time that I will be getting up earlier so I can write in peace. Kissed him and told him to go back to bed. I finish my breakfast and start writing. Find after a few minutes that know what want to say so switch to typing the story. It flows well and around 8:30 realize that James hasn't gotten up yet. Get him up and make his breakfast.

"Aren't you eating" he asks.

"I already ate, honey, I have been up since 7:00"

"You aren't supposed to have breakfast without me. That isn't fair."

I go back to my story and he finishes breakfast. He gets on the desktop computer to amuse himself until Father gets up. By the time Father gets up I have completed another 2100 words - Yeah! So far I have 4147 and have only gotten through half of my characters first day. It is taking me 2 to 3 hours to write 2000 words so I think this is going to work well. Now, I just need to get my guys with the program. I think you can tell they definitely are not used to changes in our routine and it takes a few times of telling them for it to sink through.

Husbandly concerns:

Father doesn't have any problem with it as long as "it doesn't take up any of our together time" He was grumbling about my getting up so early this morning and taking time away from him. I told him to get used to it and I wasn't taking any time away from him because he is SLEEPING.

The other concern: "what about your school work." Told him no problem, I have got it all scheduled.

Still concerned: "who or what are you going to be shorting on to do this?" You would have thought he would have voiced all these concerns before I started this, right!!!

I assured him that no one was going to get shorted on and the only THINGS I was giving up was TV and limited my time on the internet. It is very easy to get lost in blogland for several hours if you aren't careful.


I changed the title of the story to: Floating on the surface. I will only be blogging excerpts of the story, If you put the whole story on the blog, that is tantamount to publishing the story. So, if I ever hope to or choose to get the story looked at for publishing, will have a chance. The post below has the first excerpt.

Comments

  1. Too cool! You've gotten far with the limited time you have. Thats great.

    I like your excerpt. Beautiful imagery!

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  2. By the way, I wanted to ask what curriculum you use for home school. I'm shopping around for a new one. We use Alpha Omega and it is really not suiting our family needs. Any ideas?

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  3. WELL, MY GIRL! I JUST FINISHED THE EXCERPT OF YOUR BOOK.. AS DAD SAID YOU ARE A VERY DESCRIPTIVE WRITER.. HE ALSO SAID THIS IS GOING TO BE A BOOK FOR FEMALES OR LIKE MINDED MALES..I GOT THE MEANING RIGHT AWAY, BUT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE YOU WERE GOING..I MAY BE WRONG BUT I SEE YOU AS THE LEAF.. AM I WRONG?
    DAD IS ALWAYS AMAZED THAT I CAN INTERPRET HIS DREAMS AND CAN SEE THE ANALOGY BETWEEN WHAT HE HAS DREAMED AND HIS LIFE..
    I'M NOT SURE YOU WOULD LIKE ME OR ANYONE ELSE TO CRITIQUE YOUR WORK SO EARLY ON..BUT JUST HAD TO SAY SOMETHING..GOOD JOB!!!!!
    AS FOR YOUR "BLESSINGS", AS I COMMENTED TO DAD "YOU GUYS ARE SO SPOILED YOU CAN'T STAND THE CHANGE IF WE DECIDE TO DO SOMETHING FOR OURSELVES THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE YOU!" HA! HA! GIVE THEM EXTRA HUGS AND TELL THEM YOU WILL SEE THEM LATER............................

    Mom

    *posted for mom*

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